So I'm hoping to convert my operation over to all mediums this coming year (we'll see how it goes). I'm trying it for a bunch of reasons including weight, interchangeability, and stability of wood etc. (I've been building my own stuff and mediums are much easier to keep from warping etc.) I had a couple of ideas on converting deeps over to mediums I was hoping to get feedback on. I have a couple established hives that are a deep with a couple mediums on top and I'm getting some singles next year. I tried finding medium nucs, but they are few and far between.
What have people tried, what problems did you have etc?
The ideas I was thinking about trying are below.
Frame replacement- As I open up the brood nest replace deep frames with medium frames. Attach a solid strip of wood to the bottom of the frame to keep them from drawing comb below the bottom bar. Move the replaced frames to the outside edge until all brood has hatched then remove. This will of course take quite a while since there will be 8-10 frames to remove probably 2 at a time.
Under Supering- I was also thinking it <might> be possible to undersuper the deeps away. If I keep adding boxesunder the brood nest I might be able to get the bees to moves the broodnest downwards and fill the deep with honey. Then I would be able to pull the honey in the fall or whenever and eliminate all the deeps at once. Not sure on the feasability of this option, but it would be convienient, no spacer boards, less manipulation (I can still lift deeps even if it's not pleasent). The question then would be, if it will work, should the new boxes be added to the bottom of the stack or possibly just below the deep each time?
I'd appreciate some feed back and let me know if you've tried something else that worked well.